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Another healthy black bean brownie (naturally swee...

One thing this blog does not need, one more post about a healthified brownie. Let alone one that seems a bit of a repeat. Hemp, quinoa, sweet potato, black bean…I’ve posted experiments featuring all these in what appears like the same package. Truly, I could use the same pictures  in each post and I wouldn’t personally notice anything amiss. But this healthy blender brownie is worth it, and not just because...

Easy, healthy baba ganoush with chive & onion...

To prepare this easy flatbread, you could carefully roll balls of dough into thin, circular shapes, as noted in the basic instructions. Or you could  press golf-ball sized dough balls into uneven oblong, circular, and blob shapes with your hands, followed by employing rolling pins that came out of a play dough set. Either way works just fine. I can honestly swear so, because this week these two easy recipes came...

Vegan apple pear and fig pie with a spelt crust

If ever there’s a pie worthy of breakfast, this is it. Or, one of them. Considering that over the years at least four posts on this blog have referenced pie for breakfast, it’s clear I’m fairly lax with my criteria. Pie is after all a pastry, and it goes really well with coffee. Unlike some of it’s flaky counterparts however, whether sweet or savory it can be healthy and delicious with very little...

Spinach and kale salad with sesame vinaigrette and...

The Year of the Monkey is already peeking out from around the corner, and I hope it has a kindly mischievous grin, boundless energy, and sense of fun. Last year, wonderful in so many ways, packed in a couple of tough punches, too. Little Monkey, our lucky charm, kept liveliness and laughter going strong, so we can’t complain. Maybe this next Monkey year will be a momentous one for him. He wasn’t actually born in a...

Gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened peanut but...

Fifty is the new thirty, nerdy is the now sexy, and cookies are the “it” breakfast. No, I won’t really plate these up for breakfast…not really. But I can tack one or two on to a plate of fruit or alongside a scramble without compunction; and I did have a really good run yesterday almost immediately following scarfing down a few. Though, I’ve always run pretty well on peanut butter....

Deliciously decadent (in a good-for-you way!) dair...

If you already know you like chia pudding, and you already know you like chocolate, you will love this pudding. If you haven’t yet tried chia pudding, it is definitely high time you did, though I’m not sure in that case that you should necessarily start with this one. It could blow your mind and spoil the chance for humbler versions to spring a sweet surprise. And if you already know you like chia pudding but do...

Vegan chickpea and red lentil loaf

We were “orphans” for Christmas this year..the first time we didn’t have visitors or travel plans. I feared we’d be lonely; but while we missed family and wished we could celebrate with them, the day just flew by, the bulk of it  spent relaxing and playing with toys. It was a “Fitty” (Little Monkey’s chosen nickname) merry Christmas, and he (and so, we) loved it. Without anyone to...

Cookie Swap Recipe Round-up and a Christmas Presen...

Like so many other families, baking Christmas cookies has been a much loved, happy tradition for as long as I can remember. It still is, though exploring healthier options (especially for Little Monkey) brings the most joy now. As years have gone by, I look forward to the process less and less for the sampling, more and more for the sharing. This year, the usual boxes were packed minus one. It hit me for the first time that...

Exploring sprouted rice flour: gluten-free vegan c...

Our tiny kitchen has been a veritable bake shop/science lab since November, and it’s been bliss. Creating recipes for Ancient Harvest’s cookie swap campaign has been the most literally delicious, swoon-worthy “work” imaginable; and bonus, I’ve had some tantalizing sprouted rice flours from One Degree Organics sprouted rice flours to experiment with, too.  Such snowball-cookie effects result...

Tofu “fish” fingers with vegan tartar ...

Last week I was hit with a bizarre craving for fish “fingers”; or, in American speak, fish sticks. I really never ate those except in Britain, so I suppose that’s why the UK moniker stuck. Maybe I was feeling wistful. A little random trivia about fish finger-sticks (the actual information being from the Telegraph): The fish finger was developed in an old Birds Eye factory in Great Yarmouth by Mr H A J Scott...

Recipe roundup: it’s been too long! (Those c...

I haven’t posted a recipe round-up of dishes created for companies in a long time. That’s because I had it in mind that I’d shift to posting a little background or anecdote on each individually. Only there never seems to be enough time. And it finally occurred to me, if I’m not finding time to slap them up one-by-one attached to a blurb or two, you’re not swimming in leisure time for extra...

Easy, Healthy (for pie), Vegan, Gluten-free German...

Growing up, I often felt my mother spoke through food. You knew which friends were tolerated with caution, which had earned approval, and which were beloved by the warmth of the kitchen.  After an argument, nothing indicated forgiveness like the smells from the oven. When my choices were not in line with my parents’ wishes, love and support were presented on plates and in grocery selections. I’m not sure when I...